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The surname Kilkenny comes from the Irish Mac Giolla Chainnigh, meaning the son of a servant or devotee of St. Canice, also known as St. Kenny. The place name Kilkenny, is also derived from the saint; in Irish it is Cill Chainnigh, meaning the church of St. Canice.

Kilkenny Early Origins



The surname Kilkenny was first found in County Derry, where the sept was of the Cenel Eoghain group. The St. Canice branch of whom they were originally followers, came from Dromachose, County Derry. One of the earliest records of the name is of David de Kilkenny, who was Bishop of Achonry, County Sligo (1312 to 1344.) Ironically the name is not taken from the town in Leinster or the county named Kilkenny. References to the surname were rare throughout history. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, More Irish Families. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0)

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Kilkenny Spelling Variations


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Kilkenny Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Kilkenny, MacKilkenny, MacElhinny, MacElheeny, MacIlhenny and many more.

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Kilkenny Early History


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Kilkenny Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kilkenny research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1690 and 1866 are included under the topic Early Kilkenny History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kilkenny Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kilkenny Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kilkenny Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kilkenny Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward Kilkenny, who was listed as a British Alien in New York during the War of 1812
  • Timothy Kilkenny, who was also listed as a British Alien during the War of 1812
  • Timothy Kilkenny, aged 31, landed in South Carolina in 1812
  • Edward Kilkenny, who landed in New York, NY in 1817
  • P. Kilkenny, who arrived in New York in 1823
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kilkenny Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Bridget Kilkenny, aged 17, who landed in America from Athlone, Ireland, in 1906
  • Annie Kilkenny, aged 24, who emigrated to America from Kilkelly, Ireland, in 1908
  • Bridget Kilkenny, aged 19, who settled in America from Ballymacward, Ireland, in 1910
  • Annie Kilkenny, aged 32, who settled in America from Ballyhaunes, Ireland, in 1911
  • Annie Kilkenny, aged 17, who emigrated to the United States from Ballyhaunis, Ireland, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kilkenny (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kilkenny (post 1700)



  • Patric Kilkenny, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Mt. Kisco, New York, 2013
  • Jane Kilkenny (b. 1963), American special effects specialist, known for her work on The Day after Tomorrow (2004), Spiderman (2002) and others
  • John Kilkenny, Executive Vice President at Twentieth Century Fox who oversaw the Academy Award winning effects on Avatar
  • Krist Kilkenny, two-time Daytime Emmy nominated editor for her work on Between the Lions (1999)
  • John Francis Kilkenny (1901-1995), United States federal judge
  • Tony Kilkenny (b. 1959), Irish retired sportsperson
  • Greg Kilkenny (b. 1983), Irish soccer player
  • Orla Kilkenny, Irish camogie player
  • Niamh Kilkenny, Irish camogie player
  • Ollie Kilkenny (b. 1962), retired Irish sportsperson
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Kilkenny Historic Events


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Kilkenny Historic Events




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Kilkenny Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, More Irish Families. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0)

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  2. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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The Kilkenny Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kilkenny Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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